Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Playing to Win


Having recently met someone on line who's distance away from me (great), is about equal to my level of interest in her, I have set about the difficult task of trying to figure how to proceed.


The options seem to be:


Thank her for the enchanting email moments, and look for something sharp to throw myself on.


Sell everything netting a huge loss, since home prices have dropped steadily since I bought mine, and show up homeless and penniless on her doorstep.


Win the lottery and fly to her, for, I don't know...maybe three days. See how things go. If they are as good in real life, as they are in glued-to-my-laptop-life, we can do what we want. I 've got millions!


If you're like me, you like the third option best! My dad always says, "Your chances of a freight train falling on your head while you're in the shower are better than your chances of hitting it big in the lottery". I say, good things can happen just as easily as bad things, and people do win. I'm a people, why not me? So I bought three tickets last night. The mega-millions was up to 26 million. I figured I could squeak by on that, so I spent three dollars on a dream. The clerk gave me three separate tickets, instead of 3 picks on one ticket. He said he thought it improved my chances. At least he was on my side! I took that as a good omen. Yep, this time I think I might really win. This could be the one, I can feel it.


They had the drawing last night, and this morning on my way to work I remembered I had those three little tickets in my wallet. I'll check later I thought, because I probably won, and I really do have to finish this job before I go gallivanting off. I'll check later, I don't need the distraction when I'm trying to frame in a doorway. I worked all day, just like one of the common folk, and had dinner with my parents. I didn't really think about the tickets I had tucked away. Tickets, or at least one ticket to a new life, one where I can still build furniture if I want to, but I can do it with all the best tools (like Norm on Old Yankee Workshop) and in a spacious well lit workshop in...Tuscany! When I go, I go big!


I drove home like I always do, singing at the top of my lungs. When I got home I fed the dogs, caught up on all my blog reading, checked my email and then I thought, Hmmm, I should check those tickets! I found the website for the Mega-Millions, I don't have it bookmarked because I only buy lottery tickets 3 maybe four times a year. I got the tickets and put on my glasses, here we go...out of all three tickets, one matching number. Well...maybe next time, why do I think so? I have no idea, and no plans to start wearing my hard-hat in the shower either.

31 comments:

Ben said...

Garbage! I would've bet on you winning. Perhaps not, but I really wish you would've!

RED MOJO said...

Thanks Ben, must've been the planet alignment!

comfortandjoy said...

keep buying tickets. *smile*

RED MOJO said...

cj, I will, my optimism knows no bounds!

"m" said...

Show up on her doorstep, for a weekend, it will be worth it...then see what happens next. A "net loss" in the future may be worth your gain in the FUTURE of a lifetime of happiness :) If all else fails, keep trying those tickets. Life is too short to always wonder WHAT IF! Good Luck

RED MOJO said...

m, I agree completely! I would rather take any risk than live with "what if".

roro said...

Well, as my grandma always says, whether it's the lottery or life, you can't win if you don't play! I'll keep my fingers crossed for the lottery or some other windfall. Distance and money should never get in the way of love! I know they DO - but they SHOULDN'T!!

Baino said...

Gotta be in it to win it I guess. Keep plugging. I once won $3,000 on Lotto (little balls with numbers on them falling out of a big balloony thing). Crikey where does this woman live? Australia? I'd start a small change jar as well just in case!

TheWeyrd1 said...

So exactly where would you be flying off to?

RED MOJO said...

roro, Amen. You're preaching to the choir honey!

baino, Thanks for the encouragement! I'll keep trying. ;)

theweyrd1, I'm afraid I cannot divulge that information at this time. I'll let you know if things develop to the point of arranging transportation.

TheWeyrd1 said...

how about a general idea...like the UK or mainland Europe, Eastern Europe, Africa...lol

comfortandjoy said...

is she from outer space? under the sea? deep within the earth's core?

RED MOJO said...

theweyrd1, I didn't know you liked fishing!

cj, Although she is somewhere specific, she's also everywhere, in the light of day, the dark of night, the warmth of the sun, and the air I breathe.

TheWeyrd1 said...

Nah...hate fishing...lol Was gonna warn you away from the girls in Ireland...hehehe

comfortandjoy said...

sounds like she's already with you, Red.

RED MOJO said...

theweyrd1, No girls from Ireland, check. Why am I checking that again?

cj, It does, doesn't it?

Ces said...

Please please please tell me before you come over so I can clean the house! :-)

RED MOJO said...

ces, Ha! I do love having you around!

Ces said...

So you want me to go there instead of you coming here? Hahaha!

citizen of the world said...

Oh yeah, lottery win or no, you have to at least visit. ANd then blog about it for all of us voyeuristic friends.

RED MOJO said...

ces, I love you, just not that way. LOL

Citizen, What? You'd have me kiss and tell?...I did write that whole freaking post about my first kiss...I suppose I can dole a little out later on.

kj said...

reminds me of a proverb that i've always chuckled about:

"trust in god but tie up your camel."

how does ms e-mail-on-the-other end feel about meeting up?

:)

Gledwood said...

yeah do keep buying the lottery tickets... strange coincidence but I paid £1 one for this weekend's draw this afternoon....

... would have splashed out £1.50 on Euromillions but some French person WON the £46/$92million jackpot last week so it'll "only" be around £12/$24 million this Friday night (barely worth bothering with)

hey you have to play that interstate powerball thing doesn't that have $300 million top prize? THAT will pay your airfair ~ plus get you a modest room in a European hotel (remember the current exchange rate and don't get too excited though...)

all the best and may romance blossom like a peach
tree in spring! ;->...

RED MOJO said...

kj, huh? It would be quite odd for me to be considering visiting someone who was less than enthusiastic about the prospect.

gledwood, Thanks for the advice, encouragement, and warning about the exchange rate! Maybe we'll meet here if I win the 300 million. It would last more than a long weekend in the states!

kj said...

oh well: this seemed like a logical question from my vantage point! in any case, good luck.

kj said...

are you away on a lottery-sponsored trip, rm?

:)

heartinsanfrancisco said...

I can't seem to win either and I really, really want to.

Don't they understand that?

Maybe you could meet somewhere in between for a weekend? It's just a thought and please keep us posted.

comfortandjoy said...

Jeez, can you at least tell us what she's like?

RED MOJO said...

kj, thanks for the luck wish. No I'm not on a trip, but something is in the works. When it's more tactile I let you know!

heart, I'm sure if they knew you really really wanted it, they'd let you!

cj, what's she like? Like the sweet sounds of crickets on a summer night.

kj said...

more tactile? oooooohhhhh......

Claudia said...

* smiles * I'm curious to know what you chose...